Growers considering to enter into marijuana production are presented with several possibilities of where to grow. The options include indoors, outdoors, or greenhouses, which is a combination of indoor and outdoor.
There is an increase in popularity for greenhouse farming among marijuana growers. The efficient means of production has forced many cultivators to switch to greenhouse farming of marijuana. Greenhouses offer farmers the ability to control and protect their crops. It is also cost-saving. Besides, it provides the plants with the natural light of growing outdoors.
Marijuana produces high quality and quantity yields if efficient and sophisticated systems of cultivation are in place. Farmers need to consider several factors when planning a commercial marijuana operation in a greenhouse. These include the structure, roofing, and the equipment, which are discussed below.
- The Structure Of The Greenhouse
The structure of your greenhouse is the most critical decision you will have to make when choosing a greenhouse for marijuana production. The gutter-connected greenhouse is a versatile option suitable for any grower, especially marijuana growers. Gutter-connected greenhouses are well ventilated, and it can be connected to other standalone greenhouses. They are economical for growers because they are designed to make maximum use of the available farming space. The ability to combine several individual greenhouses makes it easy to integrate service buildings such as mixing areas for fertilization, conditioning, and packaging, as well as the offices and employee lounges.
Another famous greenhouse structure amongst cannabis growers is the ground-to-ground greenhouse. It does not require as much initial investment as the gutter-connected greenhouse. They have a gothic shape that ensures the crops are exposed to a bright environment, thus promoting the uniform growth of plants. They also have a well-ventilated system with a stable climate.
You will have to establish the number of growing zones and square footage you want before choosing your structure. The method you are using to plant your marijuana, such as on the ground, double benches will determine how tall your plants will grow. Your greenhouse structure should be high enough to accommodate your crops.
- Your Greenhouse Roofing
When it comes to choosing the roof for your greenhouse, you are presented with several options such as ETFE film, acrylic, polyethylene film, or glass. Apart from the unique characteristics of each option, they all provide excellent conditions for the optimal growth of the crop and access to light and UV rays. Higher UV levels help in increasing the THC levels in your plants.
- Equipment for the Greenhouse
Choosing the right material for your greenhouse is as essential as selecting the structure and roofing. When selecting equipment, go for a company that has a reputation for creating the ideal conditions for quality yields. When setting up your greenhouse for operations, you will need to have equipment for heating, cooling, supplemental lighting, irrigation, light deprivation, ventilation, and pest control.
It is essential to consult a seasoned professional if you want great products and services for your greenhouse operation. Industry experts believe that established cannabis companies like Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and IONIC Brands Corp. (CSE: IONC) (OTC: IONKF) can point interested growers in the right direction so that they avoid making costly mistakes.
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